Burnley vs Newcastle by Luke
Burnley couldn't do much more in their defeat away to Manchester City last weekend as the team suffered 3:0 defeat, without being very competitive during the match - on contrary, they stood behind the ball for the most of the time, having created close to nothing in attack and with very little of ball possession overall.
Citizens were better from the first minute, but took the lead only in 30th minute from a penalty kick taken by Aguero, while they sealed the victory with two late goals, in 73rd via Otamendi and in 75th minute via Sane in a game that could have easily ended as bigger margin victory for them. This was their first defeat after six matches in Premiership, but the side has only thirteen points earned so far being at tenth position, with five points more than relegating placed sides.
Home team should be playing in a bit more defensive approach with 4-4-1-1 formation with Vokes as central striker, plus Hendirck as offensive midfielder. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton (4/0) and offensive midfielder Jonathan Walters (2/0) remain injured, while doubtful for this match are forwards Chris Wood (7/3) and Sam Vokes (6/2) with the latter on being more ready. Midfielders Nahki Wells and Dean Marney are still not ready without playing so far in the season.
Newcastle, on the other side, managed to take all three points last weekend when the side welcomed Crystal Palace and recorded a narrow 1:0 victory on Saturday evening thanks to a goal scored in 86th minute via Merino. Overall, they were slightly better than the opponent for the whole game and much more concrete in attack, deserving those points completely.
It's third game in a row without defeat for them, as they previously had draws against Liverpool and Southampton, still being in the upper part of the table now with four victories, two draws and three defeats, being at eight position for the moment - with five points less than Europa League placed Arsenal and six more than relegating placed Everton.
Guests are set to play in 4-2-3-1 formation with Joselu as central striker, but also with Ritchie, Perez and Atsu as offensive midfielders. Left full back Massadio Haidara (no performance so far) remains unfit, while injured are forward Dwight Gayle (7/0) and left back Paul Dummett (1/0).
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 10 of Burnley's last 12 home games (Premier League).
Burnley is far away from a naive side and will surely be a competitive opponent here, however I see a clear chance for Newcastle to come out as victorious here. In my eyes, players of Newcastle are showing to be more compact in previous rounds and I'm willing to risk with them here surely with valuable odds.